how to run a script automatically in server soon after client system establish ssh connection with the server

for ex: suppose a user will logon to my computer from another system(connected via lan) using ssh connection. At that time, A script(python or shell) should be run automatically in my system to perform some validation?

How to run the script automatically in server system?


3 Answers 3


You can do so by adding the following parameter to your config file (/etc/ssh/sshd_config).

         Forces the execution of the command specified by ForceCommand, ignoring any command supplied by the client and ~/.ssh/rc if present.  The command is invoked by using the user's login shell
         with the -c option.  This applies to shell, command, or subsystem execution.  It is most useful inside a Match block.  The command originally supplied by the client is available in the
         SSH_ORIGINAL_COMMAND environment variable.  Specifying a command of “internal-sftp” will force the use of an in-process sftp server that requires no support files when used with

An other option is to use the .ssh/rc files on a per user basis.

To use the ForceCommand method you just add ForceCommand /usr/bin/ownscript at the bottom of the file /etc/ssh/sshd_config (on the server).

The script looks like this:

#Script file for ssh
#put your commands here
echo "test" > /tmp/test.txt
#exit by calling a shell to open for the ssh session

Don't forget to chmod the script sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/ownscript

  • thanks for the answer. Could you please give an example command
    – Enthusiast
    Dec 30, 2013 at 15:55
  • but whether force command execute the command in server(admin login)or in client login ? I want to execute command in server login
    – Enthusiast
    Dec 30, 2013 at 16:01
  • 1
    The command is issued on the server. Just add ForceCommand /path/command.script at the bottom of your config will do the trick. However, I encountered it will just execute this command so you need to start a shell in your scriptfile. For better readability I will add an example to my original answer.
    – Requist
    Dec 30, 2013 at 17:37
  • thank you. can i run python script instead of shell script ?
    – Enthusiast
    Dec 31, 2013 at 1:10
  • suppose i execute my custom command, Is there any way to retrieve the IP address and login name of the user(I want to know because of which login my command got executed ?
    – Enthusiast
    Dec 31, 2013 at 1:28

You can create a /etc/ssh/sshrc file. See man 8 ssh. If you want this for a single user, use ~/.ssh/rc.

Here is a sample /etc/ssh/sshrc that will notify you via dbus when someone logs in on your machine. Don't forget to chmod +x:


ip=`echo $SSH_CONNECTION | cut -d " " -f 1`

notify-send -u CRITICAL "SSH connection from ${ip}" "User $USER just logged in from $ip"

For execution of a script during logon, add it as a call from within the /etc/profile script. This is executed for every logon, not only for ssh logons.

  • I am concerned about only clients systems connected using ssh connection
    – Enthusiast
    Dec 31, 2013 at 1:34
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    This won't consistently work if users have different shells as not all shells source /etc/profile.
    – bschlueter
    Mar 24, 2016 at 5:37

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